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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from PokerSteve in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Agreed. But no way for five RBs/KRs on the 53.
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from Drew4719 in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Yep.
     Five tackles.
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from NCCooley in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Few things went right, but the takes...the takes are flowing.
    By Dave Choate  Aug 23, 2019, 9:00am EDT   Hot takes are the order of the day after messy preseason football, and despite the lack of things to celebrate (I’m glaring at you, Giorgio Tavecchio, I trusted you) we still have a few items to key on. Let’s get to them.
    Ito Smith is the #2 back, period
    This was never in all that much doubt, but Brian Hill’s stellar early summer and Qadree Ollison’s hype at least raised the possibility that Ito might be challenged for the backup job.
    He’s slammed the door shut the last two weeks, though, with Washington serving as a particularly potent test case. He was a crisp 5 for 23 and a touchdown on the ground, caught a nine yard pass, and generally looked as shifty and difficult to tackle as he did in his very best games in 2018. Given his well-rounded game and penchant for punishing defenders, he should have no trouble picking up 10-15 touches per game when Devonta Freeman tires of running guys over.
    That leaves the Falcons with a tough decision between Hill and Ollison for the third spot—I assume the team is keeping four backs at most, and Kenjon Barner will be one of them if they do—but it frees Ito up to rest and get ready for the regular season.
    The defensive line is good
    It would be a complete overreaction to suggest that limited snaps for Tyeler Davison, Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley, and Grady Jarrett suggest they’ll be an imposing starting foursome. It would be borderline irresponsible to say that Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, and John Cominsky have all shone brilliantly at times this offseason. This is the Falcons’ defensive line we’re talking about.
    And yet they have. Honestly, the defense has looked better this preseason than they have in some time, and the line in particular has looked borderline nasty at times. That’s come against a motley collection of inferior offenses and backups, but that’s promising after multiple years of mostly lousy play up front where it really counts. The team has put together an imposing collection of talent on paper, and seeing them translate that into game action is enough to stir the heart of even the most dedicated Falcons curmudgeon. It might be their best group in years.
    The linebacker corps is better
    Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell alone give you a good group. What happens when you add a more experienced Foye Oluokun, an improved Duke Riley, and an engulfed-in-flames-of-excellence Jermaine Grace?
    Really good things.
    Honestly, I don’t know how you can watch Grace play this summer and not come away wit hteh conclusion that he not only belongs on this team, but improves it. He’s fast and (I’m sorry) graceful in a way few linebackers are, and he’s made so many plays you can’t really ignore them. And then there’s Riley, who in his critical third year came out after what was essentially a multi-week layoff and absolutely played his butt off, making critical stops and looking better than he has at any point in the last two years. Sure, you can only take so much from preseason, but those guys look great, and we already know that Debo, Campbell, and Oluokun is one of the league’s more promising trios.
    They might just mess around and put a quality defense on the field this year.
    https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/8/23/20827518/3-hot-takes-from-atlanta-washington-ito-smith-jermaine-grace-falcons
     
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from Falcster in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Few things went right, but the takes...the takes are flowing.
    By Dave Choate  Aug 23, 2019, 9:00am EDT   Hot takes are the order of the day after messy preseason football, and despite the lack of things to celebrate (I’m glaring at you, Giorgio Tavecchio, I trusted you) we still have a few items to key on. Let’s get to them.
    Ito Smith is the #2 back, period
    This was never in all that much doubt, but Brian Hill’s stellar early summer and Qadree Ollison’s hype at least raised the possibility that Ito might be challenged for the backup job.
    He’s slammed the door shut the last two weeks, though, with Washington serving as a particularly potent test case. He was a crisp 5 for 23 and a touchdown on the ground, caught a nine yard pass, and generally looked as shifty and difficult to tackle as he did in his very best games in 2018. Given his well-rounded game and penchant for punishing defenders, he should have no trouble picking up 10-15 touches per game when Devonta Freeman tires of running guys over.
    That leaves the Falcons with a tough decision between Hill and Ollison for the third spot—I assume the team is keeping four backs at most, and Kenjon Barner will be one of them if they do—but it frees Ito up to rest and get ready for the regular season.
    The defensive line is good
    It would be a complete overreaction to suggest that limited snaps for Tyeler Davison, Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley, and Grady Jarrett suggest they’ll be an imposing starting foursome. It would be borderline irresponsible to say that Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, and John Cominsky have all shone brilliantly at times this offseason. This is the Falcons’ defensive line we’re talking about.
    And yet they have. Honestly, the defense has looked better this preseason than they have in some time, and the line in particular has looked borderline nasty at times. That’s come against a motley collection of inferior offenses and backups, but that’s promising after multiple years of mostly lousy play up front where it really counts. The team has put together an imposing collection of talent on paper, and seeing them translate that into game action is enough to stir the heart of even the most dedicated Falcons curmudgeon. It might be their best group in years.
    The linebacker corps is better
    Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell alone give you a good group. What happens when you add a more experienced Foye Oluokun, an improved Duke Riley, and an engulfed-in-flames-of-excellence Jermaine Grace?
    Really good things.
    Honestly, I don’t know how you can watch Grace play this summer and not come away wit hteh conclusion that he not only belongs on this team, but improves it. He’s fast and (I’m sorry) graceful in a way few linebackers are, and he’s made so many plays you can’t really ignore them. And then there’s Riley, who in his critical third year came out after what was essentially a multi-week layoff and absolutely played his butt off, making critical stops and looking better than he has at any point in the last two years. Sure, you can only take so much from preseason, but those guys look great, and we already know that Debo, Campbell, and Oluokun is one of the league’s more promising trios.
    They might just mess around and put a quality defense on the field this year.
    https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/8/23/20827518/3-hot-takes-from-atlanta-washington-ito-smith-jermaine-grace-falcons
     
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from Falcster in Jaeden Graham Making His Case   
    Falcons TE Jaeden Graham making his case for the 53-man roster
    So long as his injury isn’t serious.
    By David J Walker@FalcoholicDW  Aug 23, 2019, 10:00am EDT   The Falcons surprised quite a few people when they traded away Eric Saubert earlier in the preseason. Many fans speculated that this meant the team would roll with Austin Hooper, Luke Stocker and Logan Paulsen. However, one name has stood out in camp and he’s been making a hard push for consideration as the third tight end on the 53-man roster: Jaeden Graham.
    So long as his injury against Washington isn’t too serious, Graham has shown he’s already a more reliable receiver than Saubert was in his 2 seasons with the team. On Thursday night, the team put Graham out there with the first team offense. Unfortunately, he also left the game with an injury, and the severity of that injury should determine whether he makes this team.
    He played at tight end and fullback after Ricky Ortiz left the game with an injury. This is significant, as it shows the team believes Graham can contribute at this level. The fact that they’re trying him at fullback is a key sign that they want to give him every opportunity to work his way onto the 53-man roster, and with Luke Stocker also mixing in at fullback, it signals that the Falcons may not carry a “true” fullback in 2019.
    It’s important to remember that Graham stayed on the team’s practice squad for the entire 2018 season after having a strong preseason as a rookie. He’s shown incredible development in camp and it has transferred to the preseason games as well.
    Let’s hope that injury isn’t serious, because Graham is legitimately in contention for a spot on the roster.
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from primetime in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Few things went right, but the takes...the takes are flowing.
    By Dave Choate  Aug 23, 2019, 9:00am EDT   Hot takes are the order of the day after messy preseason football, and despite the lack of things to celebrate (I’m glaring at you, Giorgio Tavecchio, I trusted you) we still have a few items to key on. Let’s get to them.
    Ito Smith is the #2 back, period
    This was never in all that much doubt, but Brian Hill’s stellar early summer and Qadree Ollison’s hype at least raised the possibility that Ito might be challenged for the backup job.
    He’s slammed the door shut the last two weeks, though, with Washington serving as a particularly potent test case. He was a crisp 5 for 23 and a touchdown on the ground, caught a nine yard pass, and generally looked as shifty and difficult to tackle as he did in his very best games in 2018. Given his well-rounded game and penchant for punishing defenders, he should have no trouble picking up 10-15 touches per game when Devonta Freeman tires of running guys over.
    That leaves the Falcons with a tough decision between Hill and Ollison for the third spot—I assume the team is keeping four backs at most, and Kenjon Barner will be one of them if they do—but it frees Ito up to rest and get ready for the regular season.
    The defensive line is good
    It would be a complete overreaction to suggest that limited snaps for Tyeler Davison, Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley, and Grady Jarrett suggest they’ll be an imposing starting foursome. It would be borderline irresponsible to say that Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, and John Cominsky have all shone brilliantly at times this offseason. This is the Falcons’ defensive line we’re talking about.
    And yet they have. Honestly, the defense has looked better this preseason than they have in some time, and the line in particular has looked borderline nasty at times. That’s come against a motley collection of inferior offenses and backups, but that’s promising after multiple years of mostly lousy play up front where it really counts. The team has put together an imposing collection of talent on paper, and seeing them translate that into game action is enough to stir the heart of even the most dedicated Falcons curmudgeon. It might be their best group in years.
    The linebacker corps is better
    Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell alone give you a good group. What happens when you add a more experienced Foye Oluokun, an improved Duke Riley, and an engulfed-in-flames-of-excellence Jermaine Grace?
    Really good things.
    Honestly, I don’t know how you can watch Grace play this summer and not come away wit hteh conclusion that he not only belongs on this team, but improves it. He’s fast and (I’m sorry) graceful in a way few linebackers are, and he’s made so many plays you can’t really ignore them. And then there’s Riley, who in his critical third year came out after what was essentially a multi-week layoff and absolutely played his butt off, making critical stops and looking better than he has at any point in the last two years. Sure, you can only take so much from preseason, but those guys look great, and we already know that Debo, Campbell, and Oluokun is one of the league’s more promising trios.
    They might just mess around and put a quality defense on the field this year.
    https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/8/23/20827518/3-hot-takes-from-atlanta-washington-ito-smith-jermaine-grace-falcons
     
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from gazoo in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    One word.........Foye, my man.
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from hotlanta in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Few things went right, but the takes...the takes are flowing.
    By Dave Choate  Aug 23, 2019, 9:00am EDT   Hot takes are the order of the day after messy preseason football, and despite the lack of things to celebrate (I’m glaring at you, Giorgio Tavecchio, I trusted you) we still have a few items to key on. Let’s get to them.
    Ito Smith is the #2 back, period
    This was never in all that much doubt, but Brian Hill’s stellar early summer and Qadree Ollison’s hype at least raised the possibility that Ito might be challenged for the backup job.
    He’s slammed the door shut the last two weeks, though, with Washington serving as a particularly potent test case. He was a crisp 5 for 23 and a touchdown on the ground, caught a nine yard pass, and generally looked as shifty and difficult to tackle as he did in his very best games in 2018. Given his well-rounded game and penchant for punishing defenders, he should have no trouble picking up 10-15 touches per game when Devonta Freeman tires of running guys over.
    That leaves the Falcons with a tough decision between Hill and Ollison for the third spot—I assume the team is keeping four backs at most, and Kenjon Barner will be one of them if they do—but it frees Ito up to rest and get ready for the regular season.
    The defensive line is good
    It would be a complete overreaction to suggest that limited snaps for Tyeler Davison, Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley, and Grady Jarrett suggest they’ll be an imposing starting foursome. It would be borderline irresponsible to say that Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, and John Cominsky have all shone brilliantly at times this offseason. This is the Falcons’ defensive line we’re talking about.
    And yet they have. Honestly, the defense has looked better this preseason than they have in some time, and the line in particular has looked borderline nasty at times. That’s come against a motley collection of inferior offenses and backups, but that’s promising after multiple years of mostly lousy play up front where it really counts. The team has put together an imposing collection of talent on paper, and seeing them translate that into game action is enough to stir the heart of even the most dedicated Falcons curmudgeon. It might be their best group in years.
    The linebacker corps is better
    Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell alone give you a good group. What happens when you add a more experienced Foye Oluokun, an improved Duke Riley, and an engulfed-in-flames-of-excellence Jermaine Grace?
    Really good things.
    Honestly, I don’t know how you can watch Grace play this summer and not come away wit hteh conclusion that he not only belongs on this team, but improves it. He’s fast and (I’m sorry) graceful in a way few linebackers are, and he’s made so many plays you can’t really ignore them. And then there’s Riley, who in his critical third year came out after what was essentially a multi-week layoff and absolutely played his butt off, making critical stops and looking better than he has at any point in the last two years. Sure, you can only take so much from preseason, but those guys look great, and we already know that Debo, Campbell, and Oluokun is one of the league’s more promising trios.
    They might just mess around and put a quality defense on the field this year.
    https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/8/23/20827518/3-hot-takes-from-atlanta-washington-ito-smith-jermaine-grace-falcons
     
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to TheFatboi in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    We have one of the best lb groups in the entire nfl. And how that duke showed some of what I always thought he had it’s even better. I had just about given up on him. He showed promise last night. Against Washington’s starters at that. 
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to TheFatboi in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    They play different positions. Campbell plays SLB. Grace plays MLB and probably WLB. 
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from Atl Falcon in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Few things went right, but the takes...the takes are flowing.
    By Dave Choate  Aug 23, 2019, 9:00am EDT   Hot takes are the order of the day after messy preseason football, and despite the lack of things to celebrate (I’m glaring at you, Giorgio Tavecchio, I trusted you) we still have a few items to key on. Let’s get to them.
    Ito Smith is the #2 back, period
    This was never in all that much doubt, but Brian Hill’s stellar early summer and Qadree Ollison’s hype at least raised the possibility that Ito might be challenged for the backup job.
    He’s slammed the door shut the last two weeks, though, with Washington serving as a particularly potent test case. He was a crisp 5 for 23 and a touchdown on the ground, caught a nine yard pass, and generally looked as shifty and difficult to tackle as he did in his very best games in 2018. Given his well-rounded game and penchant for punishing defenders, he should have no trouble picking up 10-15 touches per game when Devonta Freeman tires of running guys over.
    That leaves the Falcons with a tough decision between Hill and Ollison for the third spot—I assume the team is keeping four backs at most, and Kenjon Barner will be one of them if they do—but it frees Ito up to rest and get ready for the regular season.
    The defensive line is good
    It would be a complete overreaction to suggest that limited snaps for Tyeler Davison, Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley, and Grady Jarrett suggest they’ll be an imposing starting foursome. It would be borderline irresponsible to say that Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, and John Cominsky have all shone brilliantly at times this offseason. This is the Falcons’ defensive line we’re talking about.
    And yet they have. Honestly, the defense has looked better this preseason than they have in some time, and the line in particular has looked borderline nasty at times. That’s come against a motley collection of inferior offenses and backups, but that’s promising after multiple years of mostly lousy play up front where it really counts. The team has put together an imposing collection of talent on paper, and seeing them translate that into game action is enough to stir the heart of even the most dedicated Falcons curmudgeon. It might be their best group in years.
    The linebacker corps is better
    Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell alone give you a good group. What happens when you add a more experienced Foye Oluokun, an improved Duke Riley, and an engulfed-in-flames-of-excellence Jermaine Grace?
    Really good things.
    Honestly, I don’t know how you can watch Grace play this summer and not come away wit hteh conclusion that he not only belongs on this team, but improves it. He’s fast and (I’m sorry) graceful in a way few linebackers are, and he’s made so many plays you can’t really ignore them. And then there’s Riley, who in his critical third year came out after what was essentially a multi-week layoff and absolutely played his butt off, making critical stops and looking better than he has at any point in the last two years. Sure, you can only take so much from preseason, but those guys look great, and we already know that Debo, Campbell, and Oluokun is one of the league’s more promising trios.
    They might just mess around and put a quality defense on the field this year.
    https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/8/23/20827518/3-hot-takes-from-atlanta-washington-ito-smith-jermaine-grace-falcons
     
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to Precyse in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Hill had like 2 carries for no gain 
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to BoomGoesTheDynamite in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Ollision>Hill IMHO
    We already have Free and Ito, who have some similarities in how the approach the run game and the can both catch really well, though I think ito has a little more speed.
    Barner has some talent in the return department as well as having some decent showings in preseason as well.
    The only thing Hill does better than Olli is pass catch. Ollision is a far more impressive runner showing better speed and power during the preseason. Even after the fumble he came back and still put in good work.
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from Drew4719 in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Few things went right, but the takes...the takes are flowing.
    By Dave Choate  Aug 23, 2019, 9:00am EDT   Hot takes are the order of the day after messy preseason football, and despite the lack of things to celebrate (I’m glaring at you, Giorgio Tavecchio, I trusted you) we still have a few items to key on. Let’s get to them.
    Ito Smith is the #2 back, period
    This was never in all that much doubt, but Brian Hill’s stellar early summer and Qadree Ollison’s hype at least raised the possibility that Ito might be challenged for the backup job.
    He’s slammed the door shut the last two weeks, though, with Washington serving as a particularly potent test case. He was a crisp 5 for 23 and a touchdown on the ground, caught a nine yard pass, and generally looked as shifty and difficult to tackle as he did in his very best games in 2018. Given his well-rounded game and penchant for punishing defenders, he should have no trouble picking up 10-15 touches per game when Devonta Freeman tires of running guys over.
    That leaves the Falcons with a tough decision between Hill and Ollison for the third spot—I assume the team is keeping four backs at most, and Kenjon Barner will be one of them if they do—but it frees Ito up to rest and get ready for the regular season.
    The defensive line is good
    It would be a complete overreaction to suggest that limited snaps for Tyeler Davison, Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley, and Grady Jarrett suggest they’ll be an imposing starting foursome. It would be borderline irresponsible to say that Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, and John Cominsky have all shone brilliantly at times this offseason. This is the Falcons’ defensive line we’re talking about.
    And yet they have. Honestly, the defense has looked better this preseason than they have in some time, and the line in particular has looked borderline nasty at times. That’s come against a motley collection of inferior offenses and backups, but that’s promising after multiple years of mostly lousy play up front where it really counts. The team has put together an imposing collection of talent on paper, and seeing them translate that into game action is enough to stir the heart of even the most dedicated Falcons curmudgeon. It might be their best group in years.
    The linebacker corps is better
    Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell alone give you a good group. What happens when you add a more experienced Foye Oluokun, an improved Duke Riley, and an engulfed-in-flames-of-excellence Jermaine Grace?
    Really good things.
    Honestly, I don’t know how you can watch Grace play this summer and not come away wit hteh conclusion that he not only belongs on this team, but improves it. He’s fast and (I’m sorry) graceful in a way few linebackers are, and he’s made so many plays you can’t really ignore them. And then there’s Riley, who in his critical third year came out after what was essentially a multi-week layoff and absolutely played his butt off, making critical stops and looking better than he has at any point in the last two years. Sure, you can only take so much from preseason, but those guys look great, and we already know that Debo, Campbell, and Oluokun is one of the league’s more promising trios.
    They might just mess around and put a quality defense on the field this year.
    https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/8/23/20827518/3-hot-takes-from-atlanta-washington-ito-smith-jermaine-grace-falcons
     
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to gazoo in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Vel convinced me in offseason it was better than I was thinking it was. I thought we needed to draft a LB, but I’m jacked up about the potential of our linebacker corp and the depth.  And when Deion is 
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to PokerSteve in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    I've thrown shade at him, but I'd much rather throw praise. Way to play Duke! You look like you belong now.
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to BoomGoesTheDynamite in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Willing to bet Olli gets poached if DQ puts him on the PS. I hope he does make the 53 because he's a bruiser that we haven't had in a LONG time.
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from Upstate NY Falcon in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Few things went right, but the takes...the takes are flowing.
    By Dave Choate  Aug 23, 2019, 9:00am EDT   Hot takes are the order of the day after messy preseason football, and despite the lack of things to celebrate (I’m glaring at you, Giorgio Tavecchio, I trusted you) we still have a few items to key on. Let’s get to them.
    Ito Smith is the #2 back, period
    This was never in all that much doubt, but Brian Hill’s stellar early summer and Qadree Ollison’s hype at least raised the possibility that Ito might be challenged for the backup job.
    He’s slammed the door shut the last two weeks, though, with Washington serving as a particularly potent test case. He was a crisp 5 for 23 and a touchdown on the ground, caught a nine yard pass, and generally looked as shifty and difficult to tackle as he did in his very best games in 2018. Given his well-rounded game and penchant for punishing defenders, he should have no trouble picking up 10-15 touches per game when Devonta Freeman tires of running guys over.
    That leaves the Falcons with a tough decision between Hill and Ollison for the third spot—I assume the team is keeping four backs at most, and Kenjon Barner will be one of them if they do—but it frees Ito up to rest and get ready for the regular season.
    The defensive line is good
    It would be a complete overreaction to suggest that limited snaps for Tyeler Davison, Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley, and Grady Jarrett suggest they’ll be an imposing starting foursome. It would be borderline irresponsible to say that Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, and John Cominsky have all shone brilliantly at times this offseason. This is the Falcons’ defensive line we’re talking about.
    And yet they have. Honestly, the defense has looked better this preseason than they have in some time, and the line in particular has looked borderline nasty at times. That’s come against a motley collection of inferior offenses and backups, but that’s promising after multiple years of mostly lousy play up front where it really counts. The team has put together an imposing collection of talent on paper, and seeing them translate that into game action is enough to stir the heart of even the most dedicated Falcons curmudgeon. It might be their best group in years.
    The linebacker corps is better
    Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell alone give you a good group. What happens when you add a more experienced Foye Oluokun, an improved Duke Riley, and an engulfed-in-flames-of-excellence Jermaine Grace?
    Really good things.
    Honestly, I don’t know how you can watch Grace play this summer and not come away wit hteh conclusion that he not only belongs on this team, but improves it. He’s fast and (I’m sorry) graceful in a way few linebackers are, and he’s made so many plays you can’t really ignore them. And then there’s Riley, who in his critical third year came out after what was essentially a multi-week layoff and absolutely played his butt off, making critical stops and looking better than he has at any point in the last two years. Sure, you can only take so much from preseason, but those guys look great, and we already know that Debo, Campbell, and Oluokun is one of the league’s more promising trios.
    They might just mess around and put a quality defense on the field this year.
    https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/8/23/20827518/3-hot-takes-from-atlanta-washington-ito-smith-jermaine-grace-falcons
     
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from BoomGoesTheDynamite in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Wealth of riches. That fumble by Ollie cost. May be Hill as a 53 man and try to keep Ollie on PS? I dunno. Nice RBs tho, right?
    And no five RBs.
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to NWFALCON in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Yep. Ollison had a fumble during camp too. From what I’ve read tho, he rarely fumbled in college. 
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from rounz in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Few things went right, but the takes...the takes are flowing.
    By Dave Choate  Aug 23, 2019, 9:00am EDT   Hot takes are the order of the day after messy preseason football, and despite the lack of things to celebrate (I’m glaring at you, Giorgio Tavecchio, I trusted you) we still have a few items to key on. Let’s get to them.
    Ito Smith is the #2 back, period
    This was never in all that much doubt, but Brian Hill’s stellar early summer and Qadree Ollison’s hype at least raised the possibility that Ito might be challenged for the backup job.
    He’s slammed the door shut the last two weeks, though, with Washington serving as a particularly potent test case. He was a crisp 5 for 23 and a touchdown on the ground, caught a nine yard pass, and generally looked as shifty and difficult to tackle as he did in his very best games in 2018. Given his well-rounded game and penchant for punishing defenders, he should have no trouble picking up 10-15 touches per game when Devonta Freeman tires of running guys over.
    That leaves the Falcons with a tough decision between Hill and Ollison for the third spot—I assume the team is keeping four backs at most, and Kenjon Barner will be one of them if they do—but it frees Ito up to rest and get ready for the regular season.
    The defensive line is good
    It would be a complete overreaction to suggest that limited snaps for Tyeler Davison, Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley, and Grady Jarrett suggest they’ll be an imposing starting foursome. It would be borderline irresponsible to say that Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, and John Cominsky have all shone brilliantly at times this offseason. This is the Falcons’ defensive line we’re talking about.
    And yet they have. Honestly, the defense has looked better this preseason than they have in some time, and the line in particular has looked borderline nasty at times. That’s come against a motley collection of inferior offenses and backups, but that’s promising after multiple years of mostly lousy play up front where it really counts. The team has put together an imposing collection of talent on paper, and seeing them translate that into game action is enough to stir the heart of even the most dedicated Falcons curmudgeon. It might be their best group in years.
    The linebacker corps is better
    Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell alone give you a good group. What happens when you add a more experienced Foye Oluokun, an improved Duke Riley, and an engulfed-in-flames-of-excellence Jermaine Grace?
    Really good things.
    Honestly, I don’t know how you can watch Grace play this summer and not come away wit hteh conclusion that he not only belongs on this team, but improves it. He’s fast and (I’m sorry) graceful in a way few linebackers are, and he’s made so many plays you can’t really ignore them. And then there’s Riley, who in his critical third year came out after what was essentially a multi-week layoff and absolutely played his butt off, making critical stops and looking better than he has at any point in the last two years. Sure, you can only take so much from preseason, but those guys look great, and we already know that Debo, Campbell, and Oluokun is one of the league’s more promising trios.
    They might just mess around and put a quality defense on the field this year.
    https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/8/23/20827518/3-hot-takes-from-atlanta-washington-ito-smith-jermaine-grace-falcons
     
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to NWFALCON in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Hill production has gone down as the competition has gotten stiffer. I’d like to Ollison get early touches against a starting defense 
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    Tim Mazetti got a reaction from NWFALCON in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    Wealth of riches. That fumble by Ollie cost. May be Hill as a 53 man and try to keep Ollie on PS? I dunno. Nice RBs tho, right?
    And no five RBs.
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to BoomGoesTheDynamite in 3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington   
    I am a little worried about this though. Nothing against Hill, but I believe Ollision is the better option of the 2 in my opinion unless we're taking 5 RB's somehow.
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    Tim Mazetti reacted to federicofalcon2 in A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words   
    It wouldn't surprise me to see Eli ride Barkley and this offense to a NFCE title and once last playoff appearance before losing and handing over the reigns to Jones
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